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Narrative CriminologyUnderstanding Stories of Crime$
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Lois Presser and Sveinung Sandberg

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479876778

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479876778.001.0001

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Meeting the Djinn

Meeting the Djinn

Stories of Drug Use, Bad Trips, and Addiction

Chapter:
(p.150) 6 Meeting the Djinn
Source:
Narrative Criminology
Author(s):

Sveinung Sandberg

Sébastien Tutenges

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479876778.003.0007

This chapter describes the “other side” of social life, which is closely associated with the abuse of psychoactive drugs, such as cannabis, LSD, and heroin. These drugs represent the forbidden, and to use them is to symbolically move away from the rule-bound world of sanity and reason. Moreover, they signify transgression, excess, trouble, and fun; and to consume them signals diverse personality traits, such as immorality, impulsivity, and bravery. Hence, narratives about first-time use, bad trips, dealing, addiction, and other drug stories are particularly concerned with temporality and causality, and address fundamental existential issues that play an important role in identity building, especially among youth.

Keywords:   social life, psychoactive drugs, drugs, youth, existential issues

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